Association between Personality Disorder Traits, Substance Dependence and Relapse

Author: Tanzeela Abbas

Supervisor: Dr. Saima Dawood

Degree: BS

Year: 2007-2011

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present study was to see the relationship between AXIS I disorder: Substance Dependence and AXIS TI disorder: Personality disorders and Relapse. For this purpose, the data was collected using the Purposive sampling. Sample consisted of 60 patients of addiction admitted in the Addiction Ward of Mayo Hospital, Lahore. Tools used were Demographic Questionnaire; Relapse Prediction questionnaire and Comprehensive Diagnostic Instrument for Personality Disorders. Results were computed using the descriptive analysis to find out the co-morbidity between Personality Disorders and Substance Dependence and Pearson Product Moment Correlation was computed to find out the relationship between Personality Disorders and Relapse. Results showed that almost 67 patients met diagnostic criteria of more than one Personality Disorders, 20 were diagnosed for single Personality Disorder and only 13 patients received ‘no diagnosis’. Results provide support for the existence of relationship between Personality Disorders and Relapse but could not clearly define which Personality Disorder contributes more to relapse and patients with which Personality Disorder were at minimal risk of relapse.

Keywords:Substance Disorder, Personality Disorder, Personality Traits, Relapse.

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